HTC Desire Eye from AT&T gets Lollipop on June 30

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There may not be many Desire Eye owners roaming the country, but June 30 will be an exciting day for them. The device’s exclusive carrier, AT&T, will release a software update that bumps it up to Lollipop.

Mo Versi, the HTC employee who announced the update’s impending release, did not specify the exact version of Lollipop coming to the Desire Eye. So it could be Android 5.0 or 5.1, but we will know for which one tomorrow.

Source: Mo Versi (Twitter)

Sprint’s HTC One M9 to receive Android 5.1 Lollipop this week

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This week, Sprint will push a software update to its HTC One M9 that includes the latest version of Android. The flagship from HTC will receive Android 5.1 Lollipop in addition to some camera fixes on Wednesday. Being that the specifications of the One M9 have been underwhelming to some, providing timely software updates and a clean user interface is vital for HTC’s success. The company has issued multiple software updates to fix the camera’s quality as well.

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Google adding logo branding to app splash screens on Android

2015-06-29 22.10.29Google has added an interesting tweak to their current crop of Android apps; splash screens with the Google logo. If you’ve updated and used some of Google’s Android apps lately, you may have noticed a brief splash screen upon opening the apps. The screen is simple, displaying the app’s logo and Google’s brand logo at the bottom, but it definitely creates a slight delay when opening the app. That’s not a good thing.

Most of us want our apps to open as quickly as possible, but Google wants to give themselves and other developers a chance to push some brand recognition. They’ve even changed Android’s app developer guidelines to suggest making a brief splash screen while an app initializes, recommending a concise logo or tagline without flooding the screen with too much text. Read more

Federal Railroad Administration to partner with Google on grade-crossing data

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The Federal Railroad Administration and Google are entering into a new partnership to help make the roads just a little safer. As part of a project between the two organizations, Google will include grade crossing data in their Google Maps platform for all rail crossings in the country. More importantly, Google plans to add in audio and visual alerts for drivers using the navigation feature available on their smartphones. Read more

LG Tribute 2 and LG Volt 2 now available through Boost Mobile

LG volt 2 tribute 2 boost mobileA pair of new LG phones are now available for Boost Mobile customers, including the Tribute 2 and the Volt 2. Both devices offer pretty similar hardware, with the Volt offering a slightly larger screen and battery.

Both phones are powered by a Snapdragon 810 CPU with 1 GB of RAM, and they both have 8 GB of internal storage (plus microSD card slot!) and run Android 5.1. The Volt sports a 5-inch display while the Tribute has a 4.5-inch screen, and the Volt 2’s camera shoots at a slightly higher resolution of 8 megapixels, beating out the 5 megapixel shooter in the Tribute 2. No major differences, but you’ll pay a $50 premium for that nicer camera and bigger screen. Read more

Supreme Court inaction is good news for Oracle in case against Google

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Since 2010 a lawsuit between Oracle and Google has been wending its way through the court system as the two tech giants battle it out to determine whether Google will have to pay Oracle for the use of Java code in the Android operating system. The latest stop was the Supreme Court where Google hoped the justices would hear an appeal concerning the ability of APIs to be copyrighted. The justices declined to take action to overturn a May 2014 appeals court ruling that favored Oracle. Read more